VP Retail Sales, and Les Paul Vernon, VP Enterprise Solutions
Hedgie Bartol, Retail Business Development Manager - North America
Founder, President & CEO;
VP National Sales; and
Greg Saputo, Regional Sales Director
Greg DeTardo, Founder and President, and Tonya Prive,
Director of Sales
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William Biggins was named Director of Loss Prevention
for Ollie's Bargain
William previously held the
title of Divisional Loss Prevention Manager for Delhaize America for over two
years before accepting this new position. He has also held loss prevention or
investigation positions for such retailers as Dick's Sporting Goods (District LP
Manager), Home Goods (District LP Manager), and Stein Mart (Corporate
Investigator). Congratulations William!
Tampa, FL: Police say Walmart diversion program is reducing arrests,
but one Tampa City Council member is not satisfied
Walmart is still keeping Tampa police busy but a diversion program for people
shoplifting items worth less than $25 is helping to reduce arrests and calls
for police assistance. That's according to the Tampa Police Department, which on
Thursday briefed the City Council on how often it is responding to thefts and
other incidents at Walmart stores across the city.
The company introduced the diversion program at its Walmart Supercenter at 1505
N. Dale Mabry Highway in May 2015. It's designed to give a break to
first-time shoplifters by letting them take a class on retail theft and pay
restitution rather than face criminal charges.
Officers made 47 arrests at the store over the first four months of this year,
police said, down from 85 arrests over the same period in 2015. There was less
calls for help, too, with officers being dispatched to the store 294 times
during that four-month period, down from 486 over the same period last year.
But the retail giant is still not providing enough security at its own stores,
said Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick, who met June 8 with Walmart
executives discuss security at a store on Hillsborough Avenue in East Tampa
where the diversion program was introduced at this start of this month.
Reddick requested council be briefed on the policing of Walmart in response to a
Tampa Bay Times investigation that found local Walmarts in Hillsborough,
Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties accounted for nearly 16,800 police calls
in a single year. The calls came in the rate of about two calls an hour,
every hour of every day, for shoplifting or other thefts, but also for
noncriminal incidents like rowdy teenagers and panhandling.
In loss prevention, data
- and your gut - is key for decision making
you ever experienced a nagging feeling before you're about to finally make a
big decision? You've weighed all the data, you've considered every angle,
but something is keeping you from moving forward. Rather than ignore that
nagging feeling and forge ahead, Shelley Row says we need to get to the
bottom of it.
Row, an author and expert on executive decision-making,
addressed a group of loss prevention professionals gathered for the
NRF PROTECT Loss
Prevention Conference and Expo - a group that faces difficult decisions
on a daily basis, be it combating shrink, performing interrogations,
investigating organized retail crime rings or responding to active shooter
situations. In researching and interviewing executives about their
decision-making process, Row related what she heard to neuroscience and the
mechanics of how we use different parts of our brain to make different kinds
For most of us in this data-driven world, the biggest
problem in the workplace is overthinking decisions, which wastes time and
compounds stress. The key to relieving this pressure, Row said, is to find
the balance between using data and intuition to make decisions.
Axis Introduces Fixed Domes with Unique Pan, Tilt, Roll, Zoom Function and
Outstanding Image Quality
Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, introduces AXIS
Q3615-VE and AXIS Q3617-VE, featuring ½ inch sensors, Axis' Lightfinder and Wide
Dynamic Range (WDR) - Forensic Capture technologies which together offer
extraordinary image quality in challenging lighting conditions. The cameras'
pan/tilt/roll/zoom (PTRZ) function also addresses the need for efficient and
Employee Security-Check Lawsuits Continue
Amazon Says Workers Can't Get Paid For 'Walking Out Of Work'
Amazon.com Inc. urged a Kentucky federal court Tuesday to dismiss claims in a
multidistrict litigation alleging the company's warehouse workers deserve pay
for time spent passing through security checks, saying workers cannot get paid
for walking out of work. Amazon and Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc.
rejected claims that the workers deserve pay for time spent passing through
security checks, saying the workers failed to provide any evidence that passing
through security screening requires exertion.
Even if exertion could be proven, the companies said, passing through security
still does not fit within the definition of "hours worked" under the
Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act. And even if the time were otherwise compensable,
the workers' argument would still fail because the time spent in security is
minimal, recording the time spent in security is impractical, the times at issue
are less than 10 minutes - an amount that numerous courts have held are not
compensable - and excessive time spent in security does not occur regularly,
according to Amazon and Integrity. "It is undisputed that the mere act of
walking out of work is not a compensable activity," the companies said.
The policies saved Amazon and Integrity a substantial amount of money, the
workers allege, noting that they have logged 205,725 unpaid hours, of which
they said more than 7.6 million minutes are eligible for overtime pay. As a
result, the unpaid overtime wages for the class period totals more than $2.2
million, the workers argue.
State Safety Agencies Most Likely to Inspect Retailers
Stores and their related warehouses are more likely to be inspected in some
states that have their own workplace safety agencies than are retailers in
states covered by federal OSHA, a
report looking at nearly six months worth of inspections found.
Accounting for 41 percent of the 1,591 inspections studied were four state
plans - California (174), North Carolina (93), Oregon (124) and Washington (79)
- and Puerto Rico's safety agency (183).
None of the states had specific programs targeting retailers, however some
inspections might have been connected to emphasis programs covering a particular
hazard in a store such as amputation risks.
The enforcement analysis also found that inspectors were less likely to issue
citations to retail companies when compared with the national average for the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Only 54 percent of inspections by state and federal inspectors resulted in
citations being issued, the report said. The federal OSHA average is about
70 percent, while for state plans the average is about 59 percent, federal OSHA
data showed. The report doesn't offer an explanation for the low citation rate.
Deffebach speculated that if inspectors go to a store and don't see obvious
violations, they may decide to leave in order to inspect another workplace.
NRF predicts new overtime regs will result in hiring freezes, layoffs
The National Retail Federation on Thursday predicted a dire outcome if the new
overtime regulations are implemented as is. The NRF told the House Small
Business Committee in a
letter that the new regulations will lead to hiring freezes and layoffs for
full-time workers if enacted as planned December 1. "Supporters of the rule who
celebrate studies predicting a potential increase in part-time jobs fail to
acknowledge to the public that any increase in part-time jobs comes at the
expense of full-time employees' hours and earnings," NRF senior VP for
government relations David French said.
Bankrupt Aeropostale seeks approval for $3.4M in cash bonuses for 10 top execs
Aeropostale sought a New York bankruptcy judge's approval Wednesday to award up
to $3.4 million in cash bonuses to 10 of its top-level employees, which would be
awarded upon the confirmation of a reorganization of the business or sale of the
retailer's assets. The company said in a motion filed with the court that the
bonus payments are intended to incentivize C-level employees and senior vice
presidents to complete either a stand-alone restructuring of the business or
sale. Aeropostale filed for Chapter 11 protection in May carrying more than $223
million in funded debt.
Retail Volatility Up 250% Since 2010
Nimble small- to mid-level retailers steal share from larger, traditional chains
Since 2010, volatility - a measure on disruption in the retail industry - has
increased 250% , resulting in $200 billion more of retail sales being "traded"
among competitors, according to Deloitte's "Retail
Volatility Index" (RVI). And that volatility is now being driven by
fragmentation of market share as small and mid-level players collectively steal
share from traditional retailers. This stands in contrast to the consolidation
of the big getting bigger, which has driven the industry for the last 100 years,
"Traditional retailers are being subjected to death by a thousand paper cuts
where the competition is no longer the big box retailer across the street, but
rather a myriad of new players - this represents a sea change for the industry,"
said Kasey Lobaugh, principal and chief retail innovation officer, Deloitte
New Jersey passes $15 minimum wage, but Gov. Christie may veto
MI: Minor league baseball team hosts 'open carry night', promoting 2nd Amend.
CO: Shooting death of security guard prompts questions about pot shop security
LPF Announces NRF Raffle Winners
Same Store Sales Results
Finish Line Q1 comp's up 1.5%, net sales up 2.3%
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How to Spot Ingenico Self-Checkout Skimmers
"In order for the overlay to fit atop the POS [point-of-sale] terminal, it must
be longer and wider than the target device," reads a May 16, 2016 security
bulletin obtained by KrebsOnSecurity. "For this reason, the case overlay
will appear noticeably larger than the actual POS terminal. This is the
primary identifying characteristic of the skimming device. A skimmer overlay
of the iSC250 is over 6 inches wide and 7 inches tall while the iSC250
itself is 5 9/16 inch wide and 6 1⁄2 inches tall."
In addition, the skimming device that thieves can attach in the blink of an eye
on top of the Ingenico self-checkout card reader blocks the backlight from
coming through the fake PIN pad overlay.
What's more, the skimming overlay devices currently block the green LED light
that is illuminated during contactless card reads like Apple Pay.
Large-scale adoption of self-service kiosks, mobile ordering
creating more access points for POS malware
There's a common misconception about data thieves that because their chosen
methods are perceived to be high-tech, their behaviors will always be similarly
sophisticated as well. However, much like breaking and entering in the real
world, hackers are always going to take the path of least resistance to get the
payment information that they want. And right now, quick-service restaurants are
realizing just what an easy target their POS systems have been.
Given how bullish the quick-service restaurant market has been to adopt
self-service kiosks, mobile ordering and other measures that proliferate access
points to payment systems, one would think that the need for equally diverse and
robust security policies would be self-evident. However, Wendy's, CiCi's and
an entire industry must now contend not only with the burgeoning number of
low-risk, high-reward malware attacks
but also with the lawsuits that
inevitably occur when affected parties (a Pennsylvania credit union in Wendy's
case) strike back.
RFID Journal to Hold
RFID in Retail and Apparel Event in NYC on Oct. 6, 2016
RFID Journal announced today that it will hold its second annual RFID in
Retail and Apparel executive conference on Oct. 6 at New York City's Helen
Mills Theater. This exclusive, invitation-only event for retailers and brand
owners will feature case studies presented by end users already utilizing
radio frequency identification, as well as technology companies showcasing
their latest products.
The conference sessions will cover the four
foundational use cases for RFID in retail: inventory accuracy,
out-of-stocks, product location and loss detection. In addition, presenters
will discuss second-order use cases, including enhancing the customer
experience, cycle-counting strategies, conversion and loss prevention. The
presentations will help attendees determine the best approach for their
needs, learn best practices from early adopters, find the right technology
partners and move forward with deployment.
BSI Introduces BSI Cloud Connect Video Service
New Hosted Service Designed Specifically
with Retailers in Mind
Delray Beach, FL - Best Security Industries (BSI), a
premiere provider of certified, pre-owned and private label electronic article
surveillance (EAS) systems and engineered IP video solutions, today announced
the introduction of its new hosted video service designed for retail,
Connect. BSI Cloud Connect is part of a new family of smart, connect solutions
that BSI is bringing to market, BSI Connect.
"Video solutions have long proven their value for retailers across a variety of
departments ranging from loss prevention to merchandising, real estate and
operations," stated Matt Sack, BSI's CEO. "Unfortunately for some organizations,
the high cost of deployment is prohibitive for full scale rollouts or
specialized applications. We feel confident that our new hosted video model
will open the door for many retailers to capitalize on the value of video."
BSI Cloud Connect allows customers to store and view live or recorded video
remotely from a secure connection via smart phones, tablets or any computer with
an Internet browser. Video from an IP-based camera is sent to a secure server
via the Internet. The only equipment needed at a retailer's site is a camera and
Internet connection. This delivers a cost-effective way to store video without
having to purchase and maintain additional onsite servers, DVRs or NVRs. The
solution can be self-installed by the retailer through a 1-Click application or
by BSI technicians.
The solution is further enhanced by Axis Communications' award winning
Zipstream technology. Axis' Zipstream technology optimizes a network
camera's video stream in real time to further enhance H.264's bandwidth savings,
while keeping the highest quality video intact. Axis' Zipstream technology can
lower bandwidth and storage requirements by an average of 50% or more.
"Axis has been migrating solutions to the cloud for some time now,"
said Hedgie Bartol, Business Development Manager, Retail, Axis
Communications, Inc. "We see a promising future for retail solutions and the
cloud and BSI Cloud Connect is an excellent example of how this all comes
together through our partnership."
Read more here.
Thanks to all the Sponsors who made this event possible!
Organized Retail Crime
The Great Debate #1
VP of AP/Investigations & ORC, Macy's;
Millie Kresevich, Dir. of AP, Luxottica;
and Scott Sanford,
Dir. of Investigations & Training, Barnes & Noble
How big is the ORC problem and how should it be
defined? How accurate is the $30 billion estimate? What are the implications of
the NRSS' finding that external theft has surpassed internal theft for the first
time ever? And how are the current decriminalization trends going to impact ORC
long-term? Joining us to tackle these complicated questions are
VP Asset Protection/Investigations & ORC, Macy's;
Director, Asset Protection, Luxottica; and
Director of Investigations & Training, Barnes & Noble, Inc.
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Retail Council of Canada's LP Conference Set for
Conference Session/Speaker Proposal Submissions due
by June 30
LP 2016 is Canada's leading retail loss prevention conference designed by
retailers, for retailers. Top LP trends, including identity theft, ORC, cyber
and digital crime will be front and centre, as the industry's thought leaders
share best practices and improvement strategies for retail operating standards,
ensuring that businesses maximize their profitability. This event also brings a
full complement of exhibitors who provide ideas and expertise on products and
services geared toward preventing retail losses.
year's speakers represented large Canadian retailers including Walmart Canada,
IKEA Canada, Sears Canada, Canadian Tire, Loblaw Companies Limited and more, as
well as suppliers and police departments from across the country.
conference is set to take place on September 29, 2016 at the International
Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, but conference session and speaker proposal
submissions are due by June 30.
For more information and to submit your proposal, click
OSC set to launch paid
whistleblower program in July led by senior regulator
The Ontario Securities Commission will officially launch a rewards-backed
whistleblower program July 14, and has named longtime regulator Kelly Gorman
as the first Chief of the Office of the Whistleblower. "The OSC's Office of
the Whistleblower will be the first paid whistleblower program [operated] by
a securities regulator in Canada," said Maureen Jensen, chair and chief
executive of the OSC.
Petition urges Walmart Canada to
Spurred by Walmart's Decision to
Stop Taking Visa
petition on Change.org is calling on Walmart Canada to accept bitcoin as
a form of payment.
The company said it and VISA have been unable to
agree on an acceptable fee on VISA transactions. "Losing VISA as a payment
option could affect many people that rely on VISA to pay for items at
Walmart," says the petition, adding that bitcoin "is a great alternative to
VISA because of the adoption rate."
police raid four more marijuana dispensaries, one month after major citywide
Toronto's police chief says
officers have raided several marijuana dispensaries in the city. Mark
Saunders says he believes search warrants were executed at four dispensaries
on Thursday and police would be releasing more information on Friday.
The raids come a month after police, accompanied by city municipal
licensing and standards officials, carried out search warrants at 43
locations and arrested 90 people, including shop owners and employees.
coalition of marijuana dispensaries have said the raids on the pot shops in
May were a "major mistake" and have called for charges to be dropped against
those arrested. Saunders says the dispensaries are operating illegally and
police will continue to conduct such raids until they stop selling
Massive security breach
exposes data of 34,500 online shoppers in U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico
Computer maker Acer recently revealed to California's Attorney General (AG)
that hackers broke into the company's online store and grabbed sensitive
customer data. The leaked data includes information such as customer names,
addresses, and credit card numbers including expiry dates and three-digit
CVC security codes. The hack affects 34,500 customers based in the United
States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, as first reported by ZDNet, which Acer
later confirmed to PCWorld.
Mobile payment expected
to rise this year
The study found that 33% of
smartphone owners expect to make a mobile payment of some type this year, up
from one quarter of respondents in 2015. The responses indicate "an
increasing level of comfort" with this type of payment, the study concluded.
Security concerns were the most often-cited drawback for people who
have never made a mobile payment, with people over the age of 35 being the
most concerned and millennials the least concerned. Security concerns in
general rose between 2014 and 2016, particularly among two groups: Women and
people over the age of 35.
Canada's Couche-Tard to buy 23 gas, c-stores in
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
is expanding its European network of filling stations and convenience
stores. The Quebec-based company has agreed to acquire 23 locations in
Estonia, currently operated under the Premium 7 brand. That includes 11 full
service fuel stations with convenience stores and 12 automated fuel
Canada's shippers win as
e-commerce, exports grow
Retailers might be
struggling to lure shoppers through their doors because consumers are too
busy ordering online. But shippers aren't complaining. Demand for parcel
delivery keeps rising, and even companies like DHL Express Canada, which
specializes in overseas deliveries, are seeing an increase in shipments.
Canadian Retail Sales
Rose in April
Retail sales were up in seven of the 11
The value of retail sales rose to a
seasonally adjusted 44.28 billion Canadian dollars ($34.56 billion) in the
month, up 0.9%. Excluding autos, the value of retail sales rose 1.3% in
Sales at furniture and home-furnishing stores rose 6.1% in
April, and sales at general merchandise stores increased 1.3%.
Clothing and accessories stores offset the gains, posting a 2.7% decline in
April on lower sales at clothing and shoe stores.
Brexit Vote Likely to Slow Canada's Economic
Town of Osoyoos orders
pot shop shut down after allegations of illegal sales just days after it
Cabela's opens 10th
store in BC - two more planned
Great American Group
to close all Jones New York Factory Stores in Canada
Canadian retail sales
jump 0.9% to record level
Winnipeg: Two wanted in Portage robbery, macing
RCMP are on the lookout for two suspects in a Portage la Prairie convenience
store robbery. At 5:15 a.m. Sunday, two suspects entered a store and demanded
cash. Once they got it, a male in a red hoody used bear mace on an employee.
They took off, and a police dog was unable to track them down.
Barrie Police arrest man wanted in Rona theft
Police stopped a vehicle driving northbound on Toronto Street just after 10 p.m.
on Monday night. The driver; a 52-year-old Barrie male was recognized by police,
as he was wanted on a warrant. The male was wanted for a theft and fraud that
had occurred at Rona in Barrie on June 1, 2016.
AB: Gas station credit card skimming leads to arrests; 500 credit cards stolen,
$150,000 of merchandise found
Police are asking Calgarians to check their credit card
statements for unusual charges after arresting two men accused of stealing 500
credit card numbers a month at gas stations. Officers say credit card skimming
devices were placed on gas pumps throughout Calgary in at least 38 different gas
Police investigating reports of the devices searched two homes
Wednesday and uncovered what they are describing as a credit card and
identification counterfeiting lab, along with $150,000 worth of high-end
clothing and merchandise.
Spike in Chilliwack crime
leads to call for more cops
City of Chilliwack is grappling with spiking crime rates and hopes to get 10 new
RCMP officers to deal with it. Property crime, auto theft and weapons offences
are all on the rise, and last month, a man was stabbed and killed in a grocery
store parking lot in broad daylight. Mayor Sharon Gaetz told On The Coast guest
host Michelle Elliot that weapon offences, for instance, went up 114 per cent
from March 2015 to March 2016.
King City, ON: How to stop
cargo crime from happening to you
It's no secret that cargo crime is a major issue in North America. In Canada
alone, cargo theft costs the economy $5 billion per year.
So to help fleet managers understand
how to protect their businesses from cargo crime, Constable Chris Bertrand of
the Peel Regional Police and Han Koren of Afimac Global spoke to attendees at
the Private Motor Truck Council's annual conference in King City, Ont. In order
for fleets to prevent cargo crime from occurring in their own operations, they
need to think like a bank, according to Bertrand.
"You hear about bank robberies all
the time. They're in the newspapers, they're covered on TV, but there's only
about 12 (in Peel Region) per year," he said. To compare that with cargo crime,
there were 119 reports of cargo thefts in 2014, Bertrand said adding that the
average loss for a cargo load is $145,000 while the average loss for a bank
robbery is just over $1,600. Koren added that close to 50% of all cargo thefts
Toronto, ON: One injured
after shooting outside Scarborough Town Centre
Police searching for
suspect after Dufferin Grove convenience store robbery
Moncton, NB: Police
investigating Robbery at Needs
Hamilton, ON: Police searching for knife-wielding
Widow of Mac's shooting victim demands more
security for overnight workers
When E-commerce Security
Meets Brick-and-Mortar Retail
storefront and online retail come together, each poses its own distinct
cybersecurity challenges - one size does not fit all. Businesses with both
storefront and e-commerce operations, which now include most retailers, need
cybersecurity strategies in place to handle brick-and-mortar cybersecurity
as well as e-commerce security.
Whatever their mix of online and
storefront transactions, all retailers depend on the security and integrity
of their customer account records. Breaches of these databases, which can
compromise millions of customers' financial data, are a leading risk to all
retailers. The back-end protective measures needed to secure this
information are not transaction-dependent.
As online retailers
expand into the storefront, they - like their brick-and-mortar counterparts
who are moving online - are discovering the need to securely handle business
in what Information Age characterized as "an omnichannel environment." This
includes challenges that have no exact equivalent in pure online retail,
where transactions go through a web portal on the front end, while physical
fulfillment is handled in a warehouse.
The special demands of
protecting brick-and-mortar retail against cyberthreats can be summed up as
the challenge of fragmentation. E-commerce can happen anywhere and
everywhere, but e-commerce security is centralized. Transactions all pass
through a web presence, and their fulfillment is handled from a warehouse.
In contrast, every individual storefront provides its own opportunity for
cyberthreats to slip past defenses and carry out an attack.
The way we buy things
online is on the verge of a revolution
brought together everything into one place, which was convenient, but
limited in its personal touch. The online retail giant was the impetus for
that first wave of innovation, and it's also a big reason for the new look
of e-commerce, according to Robert Peck of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.
Peck said in a note to clients on Thursday: "We believe retail is at a
tipping point. "E-Retailers are leveraging new capabilities in old business
models to expand existing and new markets like apparel, grocery and personal
care, where e-Commerce had only limited penetration till now." Peck calls it
It's really a wave that started when mom-and-pop
stores were the dominant way to buy goods. Then, the big-box retailers came
to town, followed by their online equivalents like Amazon. Now, we are
seeing customers shopping at specialty online stores, more similar to the
small mom-and-pops America started with than the giant behemoths.
These changes are happening now because of a combination of several factors.
Ever cheaper cloud services make it easier for smaller players to compete
and enter the marketplace. Further, a shifting taste toward the boutique
from a generation that grew up on the internet has also driven change,
according to Peck.
Online shoppers look
for a system that delivers the goods
Bed Bath & Beyond web
sales climb more than 20% in Q1
Amazon moves past
Walmart as #2 seller of consumer electronics
Des Moines, IA:
Fraudster & Sexual Predator Sentenced to 70 Years after running bar code
February 25th, 2015 Barnes & Noble stores located in Louisville, KY reported
a suspected fraudulent barcode switch incident involving Lego Mindstorm
product. A bookseller became suspicious when the Mindstorm, valued at
$349.95 was scanned and registered as a Nindroid MechDragon item valued at
$89.95. Closer inspection of the Mindstorm item revealed a barcode label was
placed over the legitimate manufacturer's SKU and the attempted fraud was
averted. The incidents were reported to loss prevention and a pattern of
fraudulent barcode switches involving several states was uncovered by RLPD
Images of the suspects were placed on an external
theft bulletin and on March 1, 2015 one of the subjects was apprehended by
the Skokie, Illinois police department for attempting to execute a
fraudulent barcode switch at the Barnes & Noble.
On March 25, 2015
Glenn Justus located and interviewed the female suspect and obtained a
detailed admission of fraud since October of 2013, targeting Barnes & Noble,
Wal-Mart, Toys-R-Us, Best Buy, K-mart, Home Depot and Lowes stores. She
implicated Prucha as the ORC ring leader, often employing juvenile females
to execute the fraud. The interview also produced that Prucha, a registered
sex offender, was exploiting the juvenile female members sexually and had
previous convictions for the barcode fraud in Florida.
investigation was reviewed and accepted by SA Kevin Kohler of the FBI.
Kohler and AUSA's Virginia Brunner and Kelly Mahoney successfully prosecuted
Prucha for fraud, sexual exploitation of minors, child pornography,
distribution of a controlled substance to the minors and witness tampering.
The case received substantial support from ebay's Christian Hardman, Toy's R
US Dennis Dixon and Wal-Mart's Adam Labanosky. On June 23rd, Prucha was
sentenced in the Des Moines, IA Federal district court to 70 years. Read the
full FBI press release
here. Also, for more inside information on this case, here are the
government's sentencing memo and
FBI's original affidavit.
Island, NY: NY State Assemblyman Michael Cusick thanked for his support of
the Organized Retail Theft bill
Assemblyman Michael Cusick announced Thursday that Governor Cuomo has signed
his bill, designed to combat organized retail crime. "Organized retail theft
has grown exponentially in the past decade," Cusick said at the Staten
Island Mall. "My legislation gives the authorities the upper hand in
prosecuting these crimes by allowing all charges to be heard in one venue."
Several prominent retail and business leaders joined Cusick to praise the
signing of the bill, including Michael Rosen of the Food Industry Alliance,
who spoke about the dangers of retail thieves reselling food.
Brownsville, TX: Purse thief cutting away
Security cable in Quick Grab & Run
Brownsville Police detectives are looking to identify a man who is seen
committing a theft from a local department store. This is surveillance video
from the store. The individual in the video, on three separate occasions,
has allegedly gone inside a local store located on the 400 block of East
Morrison. Investigators says he cuts the security wire on the purses and
then runs out the store to make his getaway with several purses.
Millburn, NJ: $8K Of
Merchandise Stolen From Mall At Short Hills
The following thefts were reported by the Millburn Police Department.: Jimmy
Choo, 3 handbags valued at $4, 520, Saks Fifth Avenue, $570 in shirts,
Coach, $1,200 handbag, Bloomingdales, 5 clothing items totaling $1,622.
Woman accused in Kmart $1,600 theft
31-year-old woman was charged in court Thursday with allegedly attempting to
steal more than $1,600 worth of merchandise from Kmart in Tamuning. A store
employee stopped Shrue Sheryl Anton and a 16-year-old girl on Wednesday with
the items. Anton and the 16-year-old were reportedly seen taking items from
various sections of the store and putting them into shopping carts. Anton
then reportedly placed the items in her cart into a large blue luggage. The
16-year-old put items from her cart into Kmart plastic bags she took from
the duty-free area of the store, then exited the store.
Barboursville, WV: 3 men arrested after
fleeing with merchandise from Kohl's; repeat offender with active warrants
in Ohio and West Virginia
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Gardner, MA: Man
indicted in Wal-Mart BB gun shooting spree
teen accused of shooting a Gardner Wal-Mart employee with a BB gun during an
attempted robbery last month has been indicted on related charges. A
Worcester County grand jury handed up indictments Tuesday charging Nathaniel
Elliot-Adelman, 18, with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and
armed assault with intent to rob. Mr. Elliot-Adelman was arrested May 14
after a shooting spree at Wal-Mart, where he is alleged to have shot an
employee with a BB gun before running through the store and shooting his way
out through a glass doorway to escape.
Robberies & Thefts
Troy, MI: Watches valued
at $100K stolen in smash-and-grab at Somerset Collection jewelry store
Investigators are seeking two suspects following a smash-and-grab
robbery recently reported at a high-end jewelry boutique at the Somerset
Collection in Troy. Police were called to the local shopping mall at 6:31
p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, where employees of the Omega Jewelry and Watch
boutique told them as many as five watches had been stolen from the store.
According to managers, two unknown men walked into the outlet and when they
were asked if they needed, help, they said, "No," and walked behind a
display case. One of the men grabbed a small sledge hammer from a shopping
bag and shattered the display case, grabbing "four to five watches valued at
more than $100,000," police said.
Houston robbers' crime
spree comes to a halt after they drive themselves
to FBI headquarters
If you're going to commit a robbery, it's a good idea to have your
escape plan mapped out. Four robbers from Houston found that out the hard
way on Tuesday in Dallas when they stole $20,000 from a Gene's Liquor Store
employee at a bank northwest of downtown. As police chased them down from
the scene of the crime, the four drove straight into the Federal Bureau of
Instigation's parking lot.
Park Slope, NY: Target
Cashier Arrested After Helping Family Steal $600 in merchandise
The 38-year-old employee was arrested at the Target at the Atlantic
Terminal Mall on June 13 after a security guard spotted her scanning
purchases by her friends and family members, then voiding the transactions
so they wouldn't be charged, according to the report. The employee's pals
and relatives then left the store with the merchandise in shopping bags,
according to the report. The $585 in stolen goods included clothes,
groceries, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, bedding and a toy
scooter, the report stated.
Great Falls, MT: Teen shoplifter faces
assault with weapon charges; threatened to pistol whip LP Officer
Seattle, WA: Three teens arrested after
pulling a knife on LP Officer
Glendale, AZ: Woman uses 'metal rod' as
weapon in robbery of Walgreens
Clermont, FL: Circle K employee busted
for $700 lottery ticket theft
Michigan City, IN: Suspects arrested in
10-business burglary spree
Hoover, AL: Police searching for
suspect in $500 theft at Mountain High Outfitters
Huntersville, NC: Brownlee Jewelers
reported an Armed Robbery on 6/23
Atnes-Clarke, GA: Continental Jewelers
on Atlanta Highway reported a Grab & Run theft on 6/22, merchandise valued
Zale's in the Moreno Valley, Moreno Valley, CA reported a Grab & Run on
6/22, mercchandise valued at $1,079
Kays Outlet in the Desert Hills Premium
Outlets, Cabazon, CA reported a Distraction Theft on 6/23, merchandise
valued at $29,000
Card/ ID Theft
Wichita, KS: Best Buy
Credit Card thieves will receive "the maximum prison sentence allowed by
Kansas law," if they violate an 18-month probation
McRae and Onwu were accused of buying items at a Best Buy store in
September 2015 with someone else's credit card numbers. Officers seized the
purchased items before they could be shipped out-of-state.
O'Brien, FL: Woman charged with 75
counts of credit card fraud; same card used 75 times totaling nearly $4,000
Corpus Christi, TX: K-Bob's Steakhouse
customers targeted in credit card cloning operation; 20 victims
Grand Junction, CO: ID Theft and Theft
Ring suspect apprehended; at least 16 victims identified
Des Plaines, IL: Customer discovers a
skimmer on a 7-Eleven ATM
Lubbock, TX: Device found on a gas pump
Carquest - Columbus, GA - Armed Robbery
Cash America Pawn - Bryan, TX - Armed Robbery
Casey's General - Springfield, IL - Armed Robbery
Electric Beach - Nitro, WV - Armed Robbery
Gene's - Houston, TX - Robbery
Hybrid Wireless - Greenville, SC - Armed Robbery
Kroger - New Haven, IN - Robbery
Love's Travel Stop - Houston, TX - Robbery
Metro PCS - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Mickey's T-Mart - Shelbyville, IN - Theft
Rico's Groceries - Bend, OR - Burglary/ Arson
Rose's - Anderson, IN - Burglary
Save & Smile - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Shell - Monroe, WA - Burglary
Sports Outfitters - Cedar Rapids, IA - Robbery/ Gun
/ sentenced to 6 years
Sprint - Orange Park, FL - Burglary
The Smoke Shop - Peoria, AZ - Armed Robbery
22nd Street Meat - Tampa, FL - Shooting/ 1 injured
7-Eleven - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery/ 6
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